Two positions available at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Deadline: January 31, 2014
Andrew W. Mellon
Curatorial Research/Collections Specialist
The Metropolitan Museum of Art announces two new positions funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Curatorial Research/Collections Specialist Fellows will provide scholarly support for the curatorial program through focused art historical research and cataloguing of the Museum’s permanent collection.
The Curatorial Research Fellows will work with a curatorial mentor to learn best practices in cataloguing, with the goal of presenting full catalogue information for the records of their host department. This will involve research on issues of authentication, dating, provenance, exhibition history, and bibliography. The fellow will also transfer all paper-based records for the selected group to the Museum’s collections database for integration on the website. Fellows will be encouraged to contribute to the creation of digital tools for communicating their collections research. They will also work with conservators, scientists, educators, digital media staff, and other professionals during their tenure.
Curatorial Research Fellows will be expected to take part in the Museum’s broader, renowned fellowship program, which includes a variety of events such as an annual colloquium, meetings and events with numerous other Museum departments and staff, exhibition and collection tours, and gatherings of all Museum-sponsored fellows throughout the year.
Each Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Research/Collections Specialist Fellow is a temporary full-time exempt employee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The position is for one year renewable for a second year. The position starts in September 2014. Annual salary is $50,000 plus fringe benefits and a $6,000 research travel allowance.
Department Areas and Projects
Applicants whose work falls in one of the following subject areas may apply:
Arms and Armor
To research and catalogue a group of approximately 1,400 objects from India and South East Asia, including armor, shields, edge weapons, bows, firearms, and equestrian equipment. Applicants must have a demonstrated understanding of the history, cultures, and arts of India and South East Asia.
Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas
To research and catalogue a group of approximately 300 African textiles, primarily from West and Central Africa. Applicants should have a specialization in textile history and familiarity with Africa?s diverse textile traditions.
To research and catalogue a group of approximately 3,000 pieces of metalwork, including jewelry and material excavated at Nishapur. Applicants should have a degree in Islamic art history and a demonstrated interest in metalwork. Proficiency in Arabic and Persian epigraphy is desirable.
Medieval Art and the Cloisters
To research and catalogue the extensive holdings of late medieval sculpture (1100-1520). Applicants should have a background in late-medieval European art.
To research and catalogue a group of more than 9,000 photographs from the Gilman Paper Company Collection of photographs, including early French, British, and American photography as well as masterpieces from the turn-of-the-century and modernist periods. Applicants must have a demonstrated specialization in some aspect of the first hundred years of photography and excellent handling skills.
The position is for individuals who hold a doctoral degree (or international equivalent) in art history or archaeology and conferred within five years from the start date of the fellowship (between September 1, 2009 and September 1, 2014).
Experience and Skills:
* Demonstrated experience in accomplishing original research on objects in the field of the host department
* Strong computer skills required; knowledge of TMS desirable
* Proven competency in conceptualizing and producing innovative online forms of scholarly communication desirable
* Capacity for sustained, meticulous, systematic attention to detail
* Ability to work independently and as part of a team
* Intellectual rigor and curiosity
* Excellent organizational and communication skills
* See the additional specific qualifications required for each subject area above
How to Apply:
All applications must be submitted online and in English. We will not accept applications or related materials via email, postal mail, or in person. The online application form is available at: https://metmuseum.wufoo.com/forms/mellon-curatorial-researchcollections-specialist/
You will be required you to provide the following as a single file (PDF or Microsoft Word) in the following order:
* Cover letter addressing your interest in the fellowship position
* Full curriculum vitae of education, professional experience, honors, awards, and publications
* A statement, not to exceed one thousand words, specifying your areas of research and their relationship to the Museum’s collections and activities. Include relevant experiences related to your chosen curatorial project area.
The deadline for all application materials is January 31, 2014. All applicants will be notified by March 7, 2014.
If you have any questions about the application process please contact us at Education.firstname.lastname@example.org
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (fixed term, 6 months)
Deadline : Open until filled
Professor Dorothea Kullmann, in the Department of French of the University of Toronto, invites applications for a postdoctoral research fellowship (fixed term, six months), starting 1 February 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter.
The postdoctoral fellow will contribute to the research project of Professor Dorothea Kullmann on « Dualité linguistique et mélange de langues : français et pseudo-français dans la littérature occitane du Moyen Âge». This project studies the French and pseudo-French elements that appear in the medieval Occitan literary language, in particular in epic, but sporadically also in other non-lyric genres. One aim of the project is to obtain a clearer view of the origin of Occitan epic and its relationship to the French Chanson de geste. The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to work in this context. Specifically, he will study epic formulae and their degree of specificity (their appearance in both languages, or only in Occitan, or only in a limited group of texts), using and further developing a data base that has been created for this project.
The successful candidate will have an interest in both literature and linguistics and be willing to take part in the life of the Department of French and the Toronto medievalist community.
In addition to this research work, a teaching charge (one language course in modern French, to be offered during the first half of the summer term, May-June 2014) may be offered by the Department of French.
Preferred qualifications include :
- a PhD in Romance Philology or a closely related discipline
- good reading knowledge of both Old French and Old Occitan
- basic knowledge of the historical phonology of Romance languages
- good working knowledge of both French and English, preferably native or near-native fluency in French
Applications, including a short cover letter, the applicant’s CV and list of publications, as well as one publication (an article or a book chapter), should be sent either electronically or by mail, to :
Prof. Dorothea Kullmann
University of Toronto
St Michael’s College
81 St Mary Street, Mailbox 566
Toronto, ON, M5S 1J4
Revision of applications will start on January 10, 2014. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by phone or Skype.
Fellowship opportunities at UCLA
Due: Dates Vary, see below
Graduate Travel Grants (UCLA students)
Instructor: Professor Alice Boone, English
Clark Summer Institutes
To support our fellows in residency at the Clark we offer the Clark Summer Institute. Each year professors from UCLA lead these interdisciplinary research groups based at the Clark. Each Summer Institute takes a broad topic relevant to the Clark’s collections and the research being done at the library.
This coming summer’s institutes are:
with Professor Olivia Bloechl (UCLA Dept. of Musicology; email@example.com)
with Professor Joseph Bristow (UCLA Dept. of English)
CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship for Data Curation in Medieval Studies, North Carolina State University
North Carolina State University has been awarded a CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship for Data Curation in Medieval Studies. The full job description is pasted below and may also be viewed at http://www.clir.org/fellowships/postdoc/applicants/ncsu2013. More information on the program may be viewed at http://www.clir.org/fellowships/postdoc/applicants/dc-medieval. I will be working directly with the fellow and am happy to answer any questions.
Desired Skills & Expertise
Familiarity with or interest in learning HTML, XML, and WordPress. Strong organizational and communication skills to coordinate with project partners across campus and at other institutions. Ability to make effective use of social media for public outreach. Programming skills and/or familiarity with metadata standards desirable but not required.
The Fellow will serve as a liaison between academic departments, faculty researchers, and the Digital Libraries Initiatives (DLI) Department on NCSU’s campus. The fellow will have the opportunity to work on four NCSU-based projects involving data curation in medieval studies: the Medieval Electronic Scholarly Alliance (MESA); the Manuscript DNA project; the Siege of Jerusalem Electronic Archive (SJEA); and the Piers Plowman Electronic Archive (PPEA). The fellow will also serve as a liaison between NCSU and partners at other universities engaged in related research projects, including the Advanced Research Consortium (ARC), a meta-federation comprising MESA, the Renaissance English Knowledgebase (REKn), 18thConnect, the Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship (NINES), and Modernist Networks (ModNets). The fellow will have the opportunity to conduct original research on data curation strategies and will be encouraged to participate actively in the larger community of CLIR postdoctoral fellows, including the cohort of fellows in the Data Curation in Medieval Studies Fellowship program. A strong emphasis will be placed not only on the ways that the Fellow can contribute to our institution, but to the professional development of the Fellow in the fields of medieval studies and library science.
Duties and Responsibilities
Study data curation strategies in use on other campuses and in other fields, including the sciences, and develop a set of recommendations for best practices for the curation of humanities data. This work will be done in consultation with the online DH Curation Guide and will form the basis of contributing new resources and information to that guide.
Seek solutions for linking humanities data and datasets to related scholarship in new forms of interactive publications; the Fellow will be encouraged to consult and seek partnerships with relevant initiatives such as Anvil Academic and Open Humanities Press as well as with ARC partners, including JSTOR, ECCO (Eighteenth Century Collections Online) and Project MUSE
Present original research at professional conferences as appropriate
Collaborate with software developers on the creation, modification, and augmentation of tools related to digital projects in the field (e.g., development of the Collex browser for MESA, enhancements to the fuzzy search capabilities built into SJEA and MESA to accommodate non-standardized medieval spelling practices)
Conduct user testing of software and web portals using the NCSU Libraries’ Usability Research Lab
Use social media for public outreach related to NCSU Libraries, the Data Curation Fellowship program, and medieval studies projects on which the fellow is working
Participate in the organization of workshops and symposia, including digital public humanities events and meetings of the Advanced Research Consortium held on NCSU’s campus
Local Guidance and Professional Development Support
As a member of the Digital Libraries Initiatives (DLI) Department the Fellow would be a member of a 14-person team that works in the areas of data curation, digital repositories, web and mobile applications, digital media, data visualization, and geospatial data. The Fellow would participate in departmental teams and meetings, and would have the opportunity to collaborate with staff that have a variety of technical and domain-specific skill sets. The Fellow would have access to technology support and consultation services from DLI staff members as well as from the Information Technology Department, which maintains the Libraries’ technical infrastructure.
The Fellow would work closely with Professor Timothy Stinson in the Department of English on the four interdisciplinary projects listed above, as well as with Professor James Knowles of English, the project manager for PPEA. Cumulatively, these projects include a wide variety of data related to medieval studies, including large genomic datasets from the Manuscript DNA project, XML-encoded transcriptions and descriptions of manuscripts, images of manuscripts from SJEA and PPEA, and tens of thousands of RDF metadata records from MESA.
The Fellow would be encouraged to be part of the intellectual life of the English department, including speakers series, symposia, and workshops, and would be offered the option of teaching one or more medieval studies courses in the department during his or her tenure. The Fellow will also be joining a vibrant community of medievalists spanning the closely linked campuses of NCSU, UNC Chapel Hill, and Duke University. Opportunities include participating in the Triangle Medieval Studies Seminar, the UNC Medieval & Early Modern Lecture Series, the Duke Medieval & Renaissance Lecture Series, colloquia at the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and special events at the nearby National Humanities Center.